North of England Evening Meeting – The DARE Centre – ORE Catapult

The Digital, Autonomous and Robotics Engineering (DARE) Centre

18 June, 2024



1800hrs Registrations and Refreshments | 1830 – 1930hrs Presentations | 1930 – 2030hrs Networking

Offshore House, Albert Street, Blyth, NE24 1LZ

SUT Members: £5 | Non-Members: £7.50 | Student Members: FREE

Join us for an evening of networking and technical discussion at the newly opened DARE Centre.

The £3m state-of-the-art DARE Centre is the first of its kind in the UK and provides a unique opportunity for developers, researchers and wider industry to test, demonstrate and commercialise innovative digital and robotic products and services for the offshore renewable energy market.

Connecting Onshore to Offshore with SMD Horizon

Dr Andrew Ambrose-Thurman, Lead Engineer – Autonomous Systems, SMD

Andrew has worked on R&D projects ranging from giant radioactive subsea pipe scanners, to solar-powered racing cars, to award-winning autonomous robot swarms for mapping the seabed. He’s currently leading the development of SMD’s new Horizon system, for remote controlling subsea vehicles from anywhere in the world via the cloud.

This talk will give an overview of the Horizon project and show some of the benefits that connecting Onshore to Offshore can bring to you.

Automation Through Digital Solutions

Dylan Jones, Data Scientist and Optimisation Specialist, Kinewell Energy

Kinewell Energy develop optimisation tools for planning and designing offshore wind farms. This talk will cover the range of benefits we can get from automation and digitisation, stressing the vital need for such solutions in meeting net zero targets. Using Kinewell’s software as examples we will explore various design challenges associated with offshore wind developments.